2018 Folk Art Study Tour: Osmaling, Dålmalning, and Wood Shavings
Colorful Folk Art of Norway and Sweden

June 7-22, 2018

This tour is full. Please contact us to be placed on a waiting list.

From the mystical seaside of Os, Norway, to the charming countryside of Dalarna, Sweden, you will be inspired by amazing scenery and fantastic folk art. Along with your hands-on studio instruction, you will gain knowledge of these traditional folk arts through special visits to artists’ studios, private collections, museums, and historical hotels.

We’ll begin in colorful Bergen exploring the city before traveling to Os where rosemalers will have three days of hands-on classes in the Os style of rosemaling. Os has an unbroken tradition since 1850 of painting a colorful, highly distinctive, and beautiful style. Woodcarvers will learn the technique of karveskurd (chip carving), a centuries old form of ornamentation that is built around geometric shapes and is very symbolic.

During our short stop in Oslo, you will enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Norsk Folk Museum before we travel over the Swedish mountains to Dalarna, the cultural heart and soul of Sweden.

In Dalarna painters will focus on Dalmålning and its beautiful use of color, kurbits, and figures as you study for three days with well-known Swedish painter Åse Larsjos. Few symbols of Sweden are more famous than the painted wooden Dala horses and woodcarvers will have the opportunity to carve their own while learning the meaning of the traditionally painted designs. We will travel through the quaint Dalarna countryside taking in many cultural experiences, including a stop at the home of the world-famous artist couple Carl and Karin Larsson and the ever popular Dala Horse factory. There is no better place to spend our last two days than Stockholm, one of the largest medieval cities in Europe.

The hands-on rosemaling classes focus on technique and color and are not project oriented. The woodcarving classes are open to all levels but some carving experience is helpful. Not a painter of carver? There will be plenty to do from walking nature trails to rowing on the sea. Be sure to bring your camera and sketchbook, you won’t want to miss a thing.

Darlene Fossum-Martin

Darlene Fossum-Martin, Vesterheim’s Education Specialist, led Vesterheim Folk Art Tours to Norway in 2001, 2003, and 2014. Darlene loves Vesterheim’s folk-art program—the arts, artists, instructors, and students. She enjoys everyone’s enthusiasm for learning the art and its historical context. She attributes her strong Norwegian ties and traditions to the women in her family, her community, and years spent living, working, and traveling in Norway. She looks forward to sharing her love of the Norwegian countryside and its cultural richness while on this tour.

To reserve your spot on the tour, download this “Tour Deposit Form” and send it, with a $500 deposit per person, to Vesterheim, P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA 52101.

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For more information about upcoming tours: Katherine Johnson at 563-382-9681, ext. 240, or